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A new world

Football 7-a-side

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Technique, tough tackling and lots of goals, football 7-a-side has been thrilling Paralympic Games fans since 1984. Played by athletes with cerebral palsy, in Rio there will be eight men’s teams battling for the title.
Spectator's Guide - Football 7-a-side
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Schedule & Results

Football 7-a-side

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About

About

Aim of the game

A version of the world’s most popular sport adapted for players with cerebral palsy, with two teams of seven players trying to put the ball in their opponent’s goal, while defending their own

Why should you watch this?

You will be blown away by the athleticism and skills of the players, and thrilled by the open, attacking play

International Federation

Paralympic debut

New York / Stoke Mandeville 1984

Rules
  • Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    When a player outwits his opponent by knocking the ball through his legs

  • Injury time

    Injury time

    Time added on to a match by the referee to compensate for time loss when the ball is not in play (also known as ‘stoppage time’)

  • Sliding tackle

    Sliding tackle

    Matches are fiercely contested and players do not hold back when it comes to leaving their feet and sliding into challenges

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  • The first international football 7-a-side competition took place in 1978 in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the third edition of the Cerebral Palsy International Games

    The first international football 7-a-side competition took place in 1978 in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the third edition of the Cerebral Palsy International Games

  • The Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) was founded to manage the sport in 1978

    The Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) was founded to manage the sport in 1978

  • The first world championship was held in 1982 in Denmark

    The first world championship was held in 1982 in Denmark

  • While the Dutch football team of Cruyff and co thrilled the world during the 1970s, the Netherlands 7-a-side team’s won three Paralympic golds in a row: 1988, 1992 and 1996

    While the Dutch football team of Cruyff and co thrilled the world during the 1970s, the Netherlands 7-a-side team’s won three Paralympic golds in a row: 1988, 1992 and 1996

  • Ukraine (two golds and two silvers) and Russia (two golds, one silver, one bronze) have medalled at the last four editions of the Paralympic Games

    Ukraine (two golds and two silvers) and Russia (two golds, one silver, one bronze) have medalled at the last four editions of the Paralympic Games

  • Because there is no offside rule, matches are open and exciting, with teams able to adopt a more direct attacking style

    Because there is no offside rule, matches are open and exciting, with teams able to adopt a more direct attacking style

  • Great Britain striker Michael Barker played alongside Wayne Rooney at the Everton youth academy, but after a bus accident he became a star of 7-a-side football

    Great Britain striker Michael Barker played alongside Wayne Rooney at the Everton youth academy, but after a bus accident he became a star of 7-a-side football

  • Players are assigned roles compatible with their capabilities e.g. FT5 class players, who have limited kicking ability, are often goalkeepers

    Players are assigned roles compatible with their capabilities e.g. FT5 class players, who have limited kicking ability, are often goalkeepers

Duration

Matches consist of two halves of 30 minutes.

In the semi-final and final matches, if the scores are level after 60 minutes, two periods of 10 minutes of extra time will be played.

If nobody wins in extra time, the match is decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Differences

There are two main differences in the rules of Football 7-a-side compared with the traditional game:

- There is no offside

- Throw-ins may be taken by rolling the ball onto the pitch with one hand (players can also use the traditional two-handed method)

Classification

Contested by players with ataxia, hypertonia or athetosis – the impairments most commonly associated with cerebral palsy and/or traumatic brain injury. Players are classified from FT5 to FT8: the lower the number, the more severe the impairment. A team must always have one FT5 or FT6 player on the pitch, and cannot have more than one FT8 in the game.

Stats

Top Medalists

Men
RUS
RUS
2 2 1 5
UKR
UKR
2 2 0 4
NED
NED
3 0 0 3

Countries

Athletes

Athletes & Teams

Gender

Gender
Woman 0
Men 100
Women
Men

Age Range

Age Range
Under 15 0
16 - 20 21
21 - 25 31
26 - 30 29
31 - 40 18
Over 40 0
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